An infrared satellite photo of the storm system. Courtesy National Weather Service

A Pacific storm system, with rain and mountain snow, made landfall Monday in San Diego County and will continue bringing rain, snow and gusty winds to the region through Tuesday morning.

According to the NWS, up to one inch of rain was recorded in the mountains, with isolated amounts exceeding one inch expected through late Monday evening.

A winter storm warning issued Monday morning by the NWS remains in effect until 4 a.m. Tuesday for San Diego County mountains above 4,500 feet. Travel disruptions are expected in the mountains due to gusty winds and snow reducing visibility for motorists. The winter storms led the California Highway Patrol to require chains for drivers on Mount Laguna traveling between state Route 79 and Old Highway 80.

A high surf advisory is in effect until 10 a.m. Wednesday for county coastal areas, which should expect isolated amounts of rain up to 0.75 inches through late Monday evening. A small craft advisory is in effect until noon Tuesday for county coastal waters, with potentially hazardous conditions such as gusty winds and high seas expected for small watercraft.

The strongest winds were expected Monday afternoon.

San Diego County shores could see a surf of up to 10 feet into Tuesday, according to the NWS, which said a chance of thunderstorms and lightning is possible Monday at county beaches.

Showers were expected to let up after Tuesday morning, with dry conditions setting in starting Wednesday.

Updated at 2:40 p.m. Dec. 28, 2020

— City News Service

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